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Beware Mastercard Visa Scam Part Two

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smurfchops | 15:03 Fri 10th Feb 2006 | Shopping & Style
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Sorry couldn't fit it all into one question - this is just to warn fellow ABers - sorry it is not a question I am just being thoughtful:Long story made short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost to late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report. What makes this more markable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening. Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.



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Sorry to hear youve been conned judywudie, thanks for putting it on answerbank, hope everyone takes notice..
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No, I haven't been conned thank goodness, someone sent me this in an email. Thought I would pass it on to all my nice mates on the AB. How thoughtful is that?

Thanks for the info judiewudie - we receive many emails per day, some including scams that are going on! I always forward them on to my friends too - you can never be too careful these days.

My son-in-law has been cloned by someone else, who managed to open up another AMEX (American Express) account in his name (even tho' he already has an account with them)! The police have been involved & fortunately, he doesn't have to pay the �2,300 which was showing on the statement AMEX sent hm!

P.S. I have actually rec'd the VISA card scam email twice!

Thanks for the advice Judiewudie, I have emailed a copy to all my friends and colleagues to warn them about it.

Nice to know that people care enough to warn you.


So they already know the name, address, phone and main card number, all they are missing is the 3 digit security number, how do you suppose they got those?

Thanks for the warning.

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Apparently yes, they have all the info apart from the three digit number.

trouble is, you often give people all these details when buying something in a shop, over the phone, or over the net - how can you be sure who these people are?
they may be employees of known companies but that doesn't mean they wouldn't be sneaky and give the details to someone unnconnected.
it seems all these 'security' details aren't that secure as you have to give them out when buying things.

every shop assistant has access to your bank details - main number, security code, copy of your signature and expiry date is all printed out on the slips or on the back of cheques

That is amazing - the lengths those scum will go to.Wonder if Ed would post this on to other sites to alert people - to save you having to type it all again.I wouldnt normally go in to Shopping so I would have missed it.Thanks for the effort you have put into this in order to help bring it to our attention:)
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I also put it in Internet & Technology. Hope it saves someone a load of hassle.

Whilst this is a real fraud possibility, the e-mail is identical (word for word) to one that has been circulating for years.

It's more difficult to carry out now as well - very few credit card slips contain your full number so they can't get it from your garbage.

But yes - beware of calls where you don't know the caller.

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Well, I always seem to be the last to know about anything !! Anyway it can't do any harm.

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